CodeMark is a voluntary product certification scheme that provides an easily-understood and robust way to show a building product meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. A product can be a building or construction method, building design or a building material.
CodeMark is suitable for any building product but is particularly beneficial to manufacturers and suppliers of products that are innovative, new to the market or would have serious consequences if they failed. It also provides a marketing advantage as certified products are deemed to comply with the Building Code, are listed on public Registers and can use the CodeMark brand on advertising relating to the product.
CodeMark is an unchallengeable form of product assurance. Building Consent Authorities (BCAs, usually councils) must accept a product certificate as evidence of compliance with the Building Code - that is, as long as the product is used in accordance with the use and limitations defined on the certificate.
The CodeMark Scheme was developed by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in conjunction with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). The Trans-Tasman scheme enables the pooling of resources and expertise, and increases the access to both markets for product manufacturers.
JAS-ANZ (the joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) has been appointed as the body responsible for assessing and accrediting product certification bodies.
BRANZ has been accredited by JAS-ANZ to assess products for CodeMark in both the New Zealand and Australian markets.